FCSS is governed by an experienced board of trustees. They are responsible for the strategic management of FCSS, they control and supervise our activities, set a vision for the organisation, and run FCSS in a way that will achieve these aims.
Treasurer of the Board at FCSS
Alastair is an advisor at Edinburgh Airport, having previously been the Chief Financial Officer at the airport for 7 years, retiring in 2021. Prior to the airport, Alastair was a Finance Director in a wide range of businesses across many sectors including health, facilities management, oil services and aviation.
Alastair is also a Board member at SEStran, which oversees the development of transport strategy for South East Scotland
Board Member at FCSS
In my day job I am a Consultant and Executive Coach helping clients to achieve their business goals with a particular focus on the People and Change aspects of their business. I help clients by drawing upon my experience within the C-suite arena in Banking, Financial Services, Retail and the NHS. I am a former Executive Committee Member who has led businesses through complex and challenging situations such as the banking crisis, major reorganisations and delivering complex transformation programmes. I hold an M.Ed in Training and Development, I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and I am a volunteer with Women in Banking and Finance.
What matters to me is supporting opportunities for women in the workplace, and affordable and flexible childcare is just one of the ways we can help to overcome the barriers women face. I also understand the vital role childcare can play in helping young people to rise out of poverty. As a parent myself, and coming from a deprived area of Glasgow, I am excited to be supporting FCSS as they work towards helping young people succeed through high quality and flexible early years care.
I joined the Board at FCSS because I believe in their mission and I love their innovative approaches to tackling the challenges parents and childcare providers face including digital solutions and testing and proving new models for childcare. Everyone I have met from the team and the Board of Trustees has blown me away with their commitment and professionalism.
For fun I love to write children’s stories for my nieces and nephews and create poems to mark significant events in my family and friends’ lives. I am learning Portuguese and try to walk or run 5k every day while listening to the latest non-fiction book I am reading with my Book Club.
Board Member at FCSS
Hi, my name is Patrick Woods
In my day job I advise and coach suppliers to the financial community on matters relating to the development of their business models and how they can seek to maximise the quality of interaction with customers.
What matters to me is making a positive contribution to whatever it is I am doing.
I joined the Board at FCSS because my daughter inspired me to realise that my energy and skill set would be appreciated and utilised in this very important sector of our economy.
Here’s something not many people know about me:
I once played the lead role in a musical involving four performances on consecutive nights at a major international Amateur Drama Festival.
Chair of the Board at FCSS and former Regional Director for Central Scotland at Royal Bank of Scotland
Hi, my name is Kevin Cadman.
In my day job I used to work in Royal Bank of Scotland for 30 years, latterly as Regional Director for Central Scotland. I then took up the role of Chief Executive of a new charity for 5 years until I retired in 2018 – early retirement that is!! With my increased spare time I want to use my experience to support other organisations to improve and develop, I have been a Board Director of OPFS for over 10 years and have recently taken up positions of Director and Treasurer of both Scottish Community Finance and the Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust which support in the advice and funding of community initiatives across Scotland.
What matters to me is everybody within society is given the opportunity to be the best that they can be.
I joined the Board at FCSS because I want to use my experience in banking and of setting up a new charity to support the growth and development of this exciting new charity to help more and more people across Scotland.
For fun I like to travel! My wife and I are now addicted to travel since retiring and spend as much time as possible in the sun!
Here’s something not many people know about me; cars are my passion and for the last 27 years, when time has allowed, the care and restoration of my now classic ‘Deux Chevaux’ Citroen 2CV is the priority. Never taken out in the wet – a challenge in Scotland!! – but great fun on a sunny day and now very rare on the roads, which makes people smile and wave!!
Board Member at FCSS and Fund Manager at Inspiring Scotland
Hi, my name is Sally.
In my day job I am the Fund Manager for the Learning Disabilities Fund at Inspiring Scotland.
What matters to me is respect, trust and equity. I think we have great services and support networks in Scotland but it worries me that not every child who needs them gets them. I think there are some things we need to do differently to secure better outcomes for all children and young people.
I joined the Board at FCSS because I admire the vision and aims of the organisation. I am involved in a childcare project in Glasgow and conscious of the fact that flexibility is key to making some fundamental changes to the provision of childcare. FCSS seems to me to be built on innovation and shifting the way services are designed and delivered.
For fun I like to bake and be crafty, I love to make things with my son and daughter or for them!
Board Member at FCSS and Head of Investments at Social Investment Scotland
Hi, my name is Chris Jamieson.
In my day job I help lead the Investment Team at Social Investment Scotland, supporting ambitious and impactful social enterprises, charities and community groups looking to make a positive impact on people’s lives, society or the environment.
What matters to me is knowing that we are supporting impactful organisations that are creating positive change in the communities that they seek to serve.
I joined the Board at FCSS because I believe the families we seek to serve are the core focus of our services. I believe what we do will make a fundamental improvement to the lives of families through supporting their childcare needs.
For fun I like to spend time with family and friends and pretend I am an active and talented runner and cyclist! Not many people know this but I was once a British and Commonwealth Fencing Champion.
Want to join the board?
We are looking for new Board Directors who share our passion about the importance of flexible childcare. You will bring knowledge, experience and skills to support our strategic development, growth and diversification. Knowledge and experience of the charity and voluntary sector, especially early learning and childcare, is welcome but not essential. However we are looking for experienced and dedicated individuals who may have experience of finance; HR; Business management; strategic and partnership development; commissioning and contracting; advocacy, social care and health services would be especially useful.